Bush makes stop in Afghanistan to rally troops

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) - President George W. Bush is
in Afghanistan, a surprise stop to rally U.S. troops and review the
deteriorating military and political situation in the 7-year-old
war.

Bush's unannounced visit Monday was his first in over 2½ years and only the second of his presidency. It was accompanied by
extraordinary security.

The president flew here from Iraq. The two-day whirlwind trip
through the two war zones that define Bush's presidency came as he
prepares to hand the Oval Office to President-elect Barack Obama
next month.

Immediately upon arrival, Bush was holding a rally with U.S. and
foreign troops at this massive U.S.-run base north of the capital
of Kabul.


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